Vladimir Putin Praises "Brilliant and Talented" Donald Trump



December 17, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year press conference in Moscow Thursday, answering questions ranging from the struggling Russian economy to relations with Turkey to the one and only Donald J.Trump.

Putin praised to the current leader of the Republican presidential polls, telling ABC News: "He's a very colorful person. Talented, without any doubt. But it's not our affair to determine his worthiness. That's up to the United States voters."

Putin continued: "He wants to move to a different level of relations, to more solid, deeper relations with Russia. And how can Russia not welcome that? We welcome that."

Trump, if you'll recall, offered a similar sentiment in an interview with "60 Minutes" in September:

"I believe we will have a very good relationship with Russia. I believe that I will have a very good relationship with Putin."